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Castle of the Knights

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Castle of the Knights

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1 Day Delphi
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1 Day Delphi

In the morning depart from Athens for a One Day trip to the UNESCO – listed Archeological Site of Delphi. On the way, drive through the plain of Beotia and also pass through the city Theva (where King Oedipus was born), Levadia and Arachova where there will be a short stop on the way back.<br>Arrive at Delphi, one of the most important digs in Europe. Visit the Temple of Apollo, the Museum which contains such spectacular exhibits like the Naxian Sphinx, the famous bronze Charioteer, the Treasury of the Sifnians and so many more. Return back to Athens in the afternoon in the same route.
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MartinDee wrote a review Dec 2020
London, United Kingdom924 contributions153 helpful votes
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I caught the 8:30 bus to Megálo Horió (25 mins, €1.60 pay as leave the bus) and walked up to the castle. About 30 minutes, path is ok with the occasional red dot on a rock (or is that blood from a previous hiker) or a bulkhead light in the rocks helping you find the route. It is an impressive place to visit with an old chapel with faded fresco and still a recognisable castle form with grooves for doors in marble slabs. There are also fantastic views right around the island. I had it to myself at the end of September having passed a couple coming down earlier. Going down is slightly more difficult than going up with crumbling rocks and shale so good shoes would be better than my sandals.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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mysmallgreekislands wrote a review Jul 2019
Hastings, United Kingdom18 contributions4 helpful votes
Last year I lost the path and ended up not getting to the castle. This year I initially got lost again and ended up on the far side of the mountain with fantastic views of the coast. Finding the correct route I was rewarded with being alone in such historic ruins with views down to Megalo Chorio and beyond. The trick is when you come to a ruined stone building. Do not follow the path straight ahead but turn right and go behind the building then keep looking out for the lights on the ground or the cable between them. With care this will take you right up to the castle entrance.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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saronic wrote a review Nov 2018
Zurich, Switzerland17,925 contributions1,641 helpful votes
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For such a small island there are quite a few cultural sights to discover on Tilos: the ruined villages of Mikro Chorio and Gera, the monastery of Agios Panteleimon, the village of Megalo Chorio with its traditional architecture and its Taxiarchis church and above it the ruins of a Knight's Castle and a whole settlement. Especially Gera, but also Mikro Chorio and the Knights Castle take quite an effort to visit and for all the approach is only on foot and best in good hiking boots. The walk up from Megalo Chorio to the Castle takes about 45 minutes in a leisurely way. The very stoney path zigzags up a steep hill and it is even more difficult to get down than up. En route one passes several ruins, also of chapels with a caved in vaulted roof, with an apsis and sometimes remains of frescoes. This also goes for the church high up, dedicated to Archangel Michael. People used to live in this higher up area until the beginning of the 19th century, when they started to move down to the actual village of Megalo Chorio, after piracy had become less of a problem. The Castle itself, the best preserved of all ruins around, was built by the Knights of St.John, who ruled the Dodecanese out of Rhodes for over 200 years, until the Ottomans took over in 1522. In defence against Turks, Arabs, pirates they built fortifications on all islands, alone on Tilos there were seven of them. Most probably there had been a fort up at this spot already in Hellenistic and Byzantine times. What I remember from the hike up here, besides the ruins, are the many thistles, but also the lupines in bloom, some baby chukar partridges and great views down to the village of Megalo Chorio and to the Agios Antonios bay.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Torunn B wrote a review Jun 2018
Bergen, Norway113 contributions38 helpful votes
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This is a ruin with open entrance and no staff. The path up is marked here and there with small red dots painted on some of the rocks, but I still found it a bit hard to find the way a few places. The path is steep and with quite rough and stony surface. But it is not very far; about 1,3 km from Megalo Horio centre. So it is a nice walk for the normally fit person with good hiking boots. The ruins are relatively big compared to the other Tilos Island ruins. And you will find shadow there after a steep climb in the sunshine. Bring some water. The view from there is marvelous, and there are some wild goats.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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SimonGlobal wrote a review Sep 2017
Porthleven, United Kingdom46 contributions19 helpful votes
So long ago and yet I could imagine what it must have been like. A very isolated desolate location at the top of a volcanic hill, magnificent views all around to Turkish coast and the numerous islands around. The paths start ok, but then get more and more difficult. Trainers at minimum recommended, better still walking boots, with plenty of water and go early morning, not in the mid-day sun !
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Date of experience: September 2017
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